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'MATHCOUNTS' Set for Saturday


Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC, Public Relations Director

352.671.7555 ◊ FAX: 352.671.7735 ◊ CELL: 352.840.3265





MARION COUNTY – Think of a contest with only number questions – exactly the concept behind “MATHCOUNTS,” a nationwide competition with local finals taking place this weekend. 


On Saturday, February 15, dozens of middle school students will converge at Forest High School (5000 SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala, 34480). Kick-off is at 9AM with competitions continuing until 2:30PM.  Awards will be handed out from 2:40PM-3:15PM.  This year’s Marion County contestants include students from 11 schools including Belleview, Dunnellon, Fort King, Howard, Lake Weir, Liberty, North Marion, and Osceola Middle Schools; Fort McCoy and Horizon Academy combination schools; and Blessed Trinity School. 


The Florida Engineering Society, Forest Chapter sponsors MATHCOUNTS, and Tillman & Associates Engineering coordinates the event.  Students compete head-to-head and as teams against each other.  The object?  To solve math equations and word problems most accurately in the shortest time span.


MATHCOUNTS consists of five timed rounds:  Sprint Round (individual students), Target Round (individual students with calculators), Team Round, Cipher Match (fast-paced oral competition), and Countdown Round (ranks top 10 finalists in oral competition). 


Prizes go to the top two teams and four individuals, who then advance to the statewide MATHCOUNTS competition March 20 in Jacksonville.  Winners at the state level then advance to the national MATHCOUNTS contest in Orlando May 9-12. 


For more information, contact Christine Strickler at 352.236.0500 or  You can also visit


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